Comte Gilbert La Fayette
Inducted on September 10, 2007
On September 10, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. the Acadian Museum will host and honor Comte Gilbert de Pusy La Fayette, as a “Living Legend.” Comte La Fayette is the direct descendant of the Marquis de La Fayette. On September 6 the Marquis de La Fayette’s th 250th birthday was celebrated. Last week, the U. S. Senate approved a resolution honoring the City of Lafayette for its year-long celebration of the heroic French nobleman’s life and Acadiana’s rich French heritage.
Following the visit to the museum, Warren Perrin, President of CODOFIL will bring La Fayette for a tour of the areas adversely affected by Hurricane Rita and the ongoing recovery efforts in Henry, Louisiana.
While at the Acadian Museum, the Count will tour the current exhibit: “The Overlooked Legacy of La Fayette: The Louisiana Purchase,” which examines the role that the Marquis played in bringing about the Louisiana Purchase which more than doubled the size of the United States. While the exact borders of the Louisiana Territory have never been entirely certain, approximately 827,987 changed hands when France sold the land to the United States for the sum of fifteen million dollars. The Purchase encompassed roughly the land stretching west from the Mississippi River to the Rockies. New Orleans was included, but not the land that became Texas, southwest Louisiana or the “Floridas” to the east.
The men who were responsible for this outsized land deal, Thomas Jefferson and Napolean Bonaparte, were themselves larger-than-life personalities. However, often overlooked and unappreciated is the important role that the Marquis de La Fayette played in bringing about this memorable event. This exhibition shows how La Fayette’s close, lifelong friend, Thomas Jefferson,
encouraged him to set sail to the aid of the American revolutionaries. This involvement, undoubtably, made the revolution successful and ensured the enactment of the Louisiana Purchase
in 1803, a time when France and the United States, sister Republics, had survived the agony and triumph of revolution.